Can teachers strike balance between acceptance, high expectations?

09/13/2009 | Teacher Magazine (free registration)

Ever-rising expectations for students -- fueled by testing standards -- are at conflict with teachers' instincts to accept children as individuals with their own abilities and approaches to learning, a National Board Certified Teacher writes in this blog post. "I cannot accept the rigid expectations model currently in place, but I am not completely comfortable with the alternative model, either, because I share the fear that many students could be left behind academically," Anthony Cody writes.

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